Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

Apr 12, 2019
Does alternative sentencing create a system of easily exploited free labor?
Judge John Kilgore presides over drug court at the Wise County Courthouse in Virginia.
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Welfare reform, through the eyes of two women

Aug 15, 2016
The "work first" approach made pursuing a college degree much harder.
Patricia Edwards, 49, attended Baltimore City Community College and Elana Gamble, 53, was a community college student in Maryland.
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How welfare money funds college scholarships

According to the state of Michigan, it's a way to prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
Students at a college in Michigan play soccer while cocooned in plastic bubbles.
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